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Terik sub-ethnic group feels sidelined

25 April 2013, 13:23 Dareel Eric

The Terik sub – ethnic group in Vihiga County has expressed fears over the likelihood of being sidelined in the county leadership.

Addressing the press at Mbale, the group sought to be addressed by the governor so as to be included in the running of the affairs of the county government.

“Although the Terik community is known as a minority and marginalised group, we deserve to be recognised constitutionally in the elective and appointive positions that are available,” said John Ng’etich Chepsemba, the group’s spokesperson.

The Terik feel that since they have not got any of the elective seats so far contested for in the general election, their people are likely to be overlooked by the various boards which will be set up to be in charge of appointments at the county level.

“We fear that we are also going to be left out in appointments to the county public service committee and county assembly executive committees,” said Ng’etich.

The group has called upon the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) to come to their rescue and make sure that there exists a regional balance in the allocation of the various posts in the county government.

The Terik are an indigenous, minority and marginalised community living in various parts of their ancestral land in Hamisi constituency who have equally suffered the brunt of historical injustices, by being totally sidelined for many years.

Though they are of the Kalenjin ethnic group, they have lived in Vihiga County from time immemorial and they since been submerged by the Tiriki sub-ethnic group, who are of the Luhya ethnic group.

Although the Vihiga leadership has assured local residents of regional balance when hiring county officials, the group feels that it may be short-changed by the Tiriki, as things seem already set up in place by the various leaders.

“It will be better if the governor will be very considerate of this group (Teriks) so that they do not feel left out,” said Joash Chegugu, a member of the group.

Already, the major sub-ethnic groups found in the county namely the Maragoli, Tiriki and Banyore have had their share of the elective posts with each producing the governor, senator and county speaker respectively and a host of many other jobs being promised to the leaders’ affiliates.

Vihiga governor Moses Akaranga has however vowed to balance his appointments and base them on the qualifications of the applicants.

“I will not discriminate against any group that is found in the county because it is their constitutional right to be appointed for any position,” said Akaranga.     

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